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Sentencing Scheduled for DUI Driver in Beverly Hills Crash that Killed Two

Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Sentencing is scheduled for Taisha Warie Welch, who pleaded no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for a single-vehicle crash in Beverly Hills that killed two of her passengers and injured three others for a crash on S. Santa Monica Boulevard near the Wilshire Boulevard intersection shortly before 1:30 a.m. April 27, 2018.

The 30-year old Welch was driving a BMW X5 when she lost control of the vehicle and flipped it several times. She is believed to have been speeding and may have run a red light prior to the crash. 

The charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated means that she acted with knowledge of the risks and possible results, which in this case, meant that two lives were lost. Penalties can mean 4-10 years in prison, and can be enhanced for previous DUI convictions. 

Two of her passengers, 30-year-old Jenetta Williams of Palmdale and 24-year-old Denesha Stewart of Lakewood, were killed. Three other passengers were injured. One of them was the mother of five.

Welch was charged with two counts of felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI resulting in injury, driving with a BAC of .08% causing injury, and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

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